Why Stay Here?
- Super Belfast City Centre Location.
- Contemporary luxe design and comfort.
- Private parking, Free & Fast Wifi and great food.
It is impossible to find a better location for a visit to Belfast than the super-trendy Fitzwilliam Hotel. Proudly standing on the corner of Great Victoria Street, beside the Grand Opera House with all the shops, restaurants and City Hall right on the doorstep, it is certainly my preferred Belfast hotel. Getting to Belfast from Dublin has never been easier with the M1 all the way up from the airport and then heading for the city centre. My SatNav had me outside the hotel in five minutes from leaving the motorway. There is a handy little lay-by outside the hotel where I left the car while I checked in, and the Concierge whisked it away for safe parking overnight. The car was brought back to me the following day in similar fashion as I checked out. A totally painless operation!
ACCOMMODATION AT THE FITZWILLIAM
I had the most fabulous corner room on one of the higher floors that had floor to ceiling glass on two sides offering amazing views over the city - especially at night. Of course light and heavier curtains are there for those who want a little or a lot of seclusion, but I found the vista totally enthralling. The room had that real "Wow" factor and included a huge bed with top quality Egyptian linen, countless pillows, sumptuous design and decor, a very comfortable couch to recline while watching the day turn to night, flat screen TV, robes and slippers, tea and coffee, and all those luxury hotel bedroom details that we love. A CD was playing soothing music as I arrived, and the most amazing feature was the stand-alone bath in the middle of the room! There is also a huge walk-in shower in the bathroom proper, and of course there are doors to close around the bath for the modest-minded! The contemporary decor is warm - I love the black/brown with mustard/yellow (very on-trend for AW15) - and it is wonderful to come across a chic modern design that also is immediately inviting and comfortable. The suspended lights coupled with bedside and standalone lighting gave plenty of options and the space of the room itself made you want to unpack and just move in!
DINING AT THE FITZWILLIAM
The Restaurant at The Fitzwilliam Hotel is located on the first floor and dinner and breakfast are served here. I loved the individual booths and the high-backed red chairs. I also liked the menu as it was clearly laid out, plenty of choice and no over-long fussy descriptions! There were eight starters which catered for the meat, fish and vegetarian diners and local produce was well in evidence with Donegal Salmon, Kilhorn Bay Crab, Portavogie Prawn and Five Mile Town Goat's Cheese from Tyrone. The main dishes also offered eight choices, three of which were fish and included Ulster Beef and Fermanagh Chicken and a fillet of local Hake with an Indian twist! I opted for the Hake, as it showed flair and imagination and while it had a Masala Spiced crust, underneath the fish was lightly cooked to perfection. The fresh cucumber and mint gave a cooling foil to a really nice dish.
The food is well priced for the standard, and an even better value Pre-Theatre menu is available which is always popular for those attending the Opera House next door. Breakfast is also served here, and this contained an excellent buffet and all hot food cooked to order. I had a perfect omelette after some fresh fruit and yoghurt, and was well set up for the day! Service for both meals was attentive, unfussy, friendly and well timed.
I would say that for both corporate and leisure guests, The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast ticks all the boxes. There is a lovely lobby area for coffee and a read of the papers, the bar serves delicious dishes for lunch and dinner, and also has a great cocktail list. It would be the place to go for a drink with friends, a relaxing lunch and of course a cocktail before a show. Next time we are in Belfast, that is where we will be found! Highly recommended by Hotel Reviews Ireland.